Rad Rainbow Raw Pad Thai

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 1, 2013


Say this recipe title 10 times fast and…you WIN!

Happiness and energy in a bowl. What more could you want on a Monday?


If I could summarize in a single recipe what a healthy vegan diet means to me, this bowl might just be it. It’s fresh, crisp, vibrant and heavy on the veggies with plant-based proteins throughout and a creamy and indulgent almond butter dressing. In other words – the perfect balance of this-tastes-freakin-amazing and this-makes-me-feel-freakin-amazing. I was bouncing off the walls with energy after I ate this….actually I still am. I swear it has nothing to do with overnight coffee concentrate.

Ok, maybe a little.


I know we’re only 1 week into summer, but this might just be my favourite salad of summer 2013. We’ll have to see if I can top this bad boy.


This salad is inspired by a raw Pad Thai dish I enjoyed at a restaurant called Marbles in Waterloo with my buddy Ange a couple years ago. I ended up recreating the recipe shortly after our visit, but I used glass noodles and I just wasn’t a fan. I don’t usually have texture issues with food, but those noodles were way out of my comfort zone. It’s strange because I’ve enjoyed them before in a couple restaurant dishes, but for some reason when I try them at home it’s creepville. Anyway, I decided to dig out this recipe again, this time using raw zucchini noodles. A very good decision, indeed. No creep factor. All goodness!


I decided to purchase a Veggie Spiralizer several months ago. This hand-powered device turns zucchini into a huge pile of cascading noodles in less than 1 minute flat. The device itself is quite small and compact, not taking up much room to store (which was my main concern) and it’s extremely light weight. The downside to this spiralizer is that it’s plastic and to be quite frank, it feels pretty cheap. However, I didn’t know how much I would use it so I went for one of the cheaper spiralizers on the market which only set me back about $25-30. It comes with a few different blades so you can make ribbons and what not, but I haven’t ventured that far yet. I like that there is very little waste leftover and the noodles aren’t as watery compared to using the hand peeler. Either way, you can use a julienne peeler (or a Y peeler to make ribbons) or a spiralizer for this recipe today. If you really wanted to, you could chop everything by hand the old fashioned way!


The almond butter sauce I made is very light – using only 1/2 tablespoon of oil – but it’s still creamy and indulgent at the same time. It makes just under 2/3 cup and I found it was the perfect amount for 2 large salads. We sure didn’t have any dressing leftover.


Rad Rainbow Raw Pad Thai

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Yield: 2 large servings + scant 2/3 cup dressing

  • 1 medium zucchini, julienned or spiraled
  • 2 large carrots, julienned
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 3/4 cup frozen edamame, thawed (or try tofu)
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


For the dressing (adapted from my Spicy Peanut Lime Sauce):

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup raw almond butter (or try peanut butter)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2.5 teaspoons pure maple syrup (or other sweetener)
  • 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger


1. Prep vegetables. Add the zucchini, carrots, pepper, and cabbage into one or two large bowls. Toss with hands to combine.

2. Prepare the dressing by processing all dressing ingredients in a mini processor (or simply whisk by hand). The dressing may seem a bit thin at first, but it thickens as it sits.

3. Top bowls with edamame (or tofu), green onion, hemp seeds, and sesame seeds. Pour on dressing and enjoy!

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Last but certainly not least, Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians! This post was supposed to be a red & white strawberries ‘n cream pie, but of course when you plan on a themed recipe working it rarely does. I’m sporting my red & white all day regardless. I hope you have a great holiday! Oh and happy (almost) 4th of July to those of you in the US.

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Emily May 17, 2016 at 3:08 pm

I’m not usually a poster on any online outlet – I am very much a lurker on every site I have ever visited – however after trialing this recipe I just had to break the trend!
Thank you so very much for your beautiful and inspiring recipes. This salad was absolutely incredible! I have been a long-time vegetarian with multiple failed attempts at converting to vegan under my belt, but, after discovering your wonderful blog and buying your book, I think I’ve finally cracked it! The number of compliments I have received at work from my colleagues (all vegetable-wary comited carnivores) is certainly fuel to carry on! Thank you for all the wonderful work you do creating and sharing these gorgeous recipes!


Shauni June 6, 2016 at 10:42 pm

I made this for my hospitality assessment and my hospitality teacher was impressed! So delicious and so full of flavour


Angela Liddon June 8, 2016 at 11:09 am

I’m so happy to hear that Shauni!! Congrats on the successful assignment. :)


Ash July 1, 2016 at 8:21 pm

This salad was AMAZING! Especially the dressing. I find that zucchini is too water for a salad, so I julienned snap peas instead and it was perfect. The salad is beautiful and super flavourful, but I have to say that the dressing was the star!


Angela Liddon July 4, 2016 at 11:03 am

I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the pad thai, Ash! Julienned snap peas sound like a great twist – I’ll have to try that substitution sometime. :) Thanks for the great comment!


mike July 18, 2016 at 11:13 am

dish look tasty


Dee Mehta August 24, 2016 at 7:26 am

JUST made this dressing and it SLAYS. Literally the best dressing. It reminds me so much of the summer kelp noodle dressing from Juice Press. Will be making this a lot. Thanks SO much!

@vegan.dee on instagram


Angela Liddon August 24, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Glad you enjoy it!! We love it, too–and it’s so versatile!


Jen September 19, 2016 at 9:03 pm

I made this with Tahini instead of almond butter and OMG I can’t stop eating the dressing! Just perfect! You’re my hero Angela.


Mrs-S August 1, 2017 at 9:13 pm

I made this tonight for dinner and it was heavenly. I will undoubtedly be making it again in the near future. Thanks


Hamida April 27, 2018 at 7:53 pm

I love what you tell us about it but it so lovely to see you what are you talking about it so that people can eat the rainbow so that why that I love that website and I love that you call it Eat a rainbow. Rainbow are so lovely that it so nice to see it for other to because it so nice to see kids is helping each other and other to.



Janet July 15, 2018 at 3:32 pm

That dressing, tho!


Kali P August 2, 2018 at 11:23 pm

I figured since I’ve made this recipe at least a dozen times since I first saw the post, I should go ahead and let you know how much I love it! It is perfect for dinner for 2 people. It is the prettiest thing I make and I always comment on how beautiful the colors are. Every summer when it’s too hot to cook, this is one of my go-to recipes to make. Home run!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 3, 2018 at 8:32 am

Thank you so much Kali!


Suzie August 31, 2018 at 1:13 pm



Angela (Oh She Glows) September 4, 2018 at 9:09 am

Merci, Suzie! :)


Madison Robinson October 19, 2018 at 9:41 am

Hi Angela, as with all your creations I love this one! I made it last night with a variation, doubled the sauce and added a package of pad thai rice noodles (as well as diced chicken but could use tofu too!). I used the wok to mix all together and the veggies cooked just slightly, it made for a very warm and filling dinner that the whole family loved!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2018 at 9:36 am

Hey Madison, I’m so happy the pad thai was a hit! Isn’t that almond butter dressing dreamy? I love your idea of mixing cooked noodles in with the raw ones too.


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